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Hesketh Pearson Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS129
Edward Hesketh Gibbons Pearson (20 February 1887 – 9 April 1964) was a British actor, theatre director and writer. This collection of manuscripts consists of the holograph notebooks he kept for several of his biographies as well as some miscellaneous research notebooks.

Dates

  • 1940-1960s

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

None.

Extent

3 Boxes

Biographical / Historical

Hesketh Pearson (1887 – 1964) was born in Hawford, Worcestershire, England, and after working in a shipping office, he turned to a theatrical career in 1911. He joined the army during World War I, fighting in Mesopotamia and Persia from 1914 to 1918. After the war, he returned to the stage as both actor and director. He began a writing career in 1921 with the publication of Modern Men and Mummies which contained amusing portraits of his contemporaries in the theater. He continued to research and write popular biographies of famous literary and artistic figures. His posthumous autobiography, Hesketh Pearson, by Himself appeared in 1965 (Eng P3615Z).

Arrangement

This collection of Hesketh Pearson manuscripts consists of the holograph notebooks he kept for several of his biographies as well as some miscellaneous research notebooks. All are contained in bound, ruled notebooks, written in pencil with work dates and word counts recorded by Pearson. The McCormick Library has cataloged the proof copies for each book, and call numbers for these are given in the guide below.
Arrangement Chronological.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by a Chicago bookseller in 1981.
Title
Guide to the Hesketh Pearson Collection
Author
Sigrid Perry; transcribed by Nick Munagian, 2020-04-08
Date
July 2000
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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